BestFest Student Films Festival offers two free filmmaking workshops Sun., May 21, and Sun., June 4

BestFest Student Film Festival, a project of Best Video Film & Cultural Center, will offer a series of two unique workshops for local high school student filmmakers. Each workshop covers an important but often misunderstood aspect of capturing a scene, led by a local professional expert from the industry.
 
Under the heading “Lights!” and “Camera! Action!,” the workshops will be held at 3 PM on Sun., May 21 (Lights!), and Sun., June 4 (Camera! Action!).
 
Each workshop will last 60-90 minutes. They are free for high school students and reservations are highly recommended.
 
BestFest Student Film Festival showcases films by area high school students. The festival is open to all high school students from New Haven, Connecticut, and adjacent communities (East Haven, West Haven, Hamden, North Haven, Woodbridge, and Orange). The first BestFest was held on Dec. 10, 2016.
 

Rebecca Abbott, professor of communications and 2010 excellence in teaching honoree. September, 2010.

• “Lights!” (May 21, 3 PM): Rebecca Abbott will cover solving common lighting challenges for a location shoot, from traditional solutions to cheap tricks for fixing lighting problems. Learn about balancing daylight and interior light, filling in shadows, tackling power concerns, and more!

 
Rebecca Abbott is Professor of Communications at Quinnipiac University and an Emmy-award winning independent filmmaker. Abbott’s documentary subjects range from aeromedical rescue from mid-east war zones, to the history of jazz music in New Haven, to the impact of war on Veterans and the role of arts in healing. Ireland’s Great Hunger and The Irish Diaspora, narrated by actor Gabriel Byrne, is her latest film.
 
• “Camera! Action!” (June 4, 3 PM): Jay Miles will detail the traditional (and non-traditional!) strategies for where to place the camera in order to best cover a scene, and address the particular challenges of location shooting. Learn about shot selection, coverage, inserts, wilds and more! Miles will also touch on some of the key elements of directing actors. From rough rehearsal, to the rhythm of calling “rolling, action, cut,” to giving notes and making adjustments. Learn about all of these strategies and more!
 

Jay Miles

Jay Miles has worked in TV, video, film and commercial production for over 20 years, including shows for NBC, ABC, FOX, the Discovery Channel, HGTV, Versus and DirecTV. He has taught media at East Haven High School, as well as at Quinnipiac University, Fairfield University and the CT School of Broadcasting. He has contributed to such magazines/Websites as Film Threat, Moviemaker, Adorama.com and Techsmith.com, as well as on panels at events including iTVFest, the annual UFVA conference and the All American High School Film Festival. His first book, “Conquering YouTube,” combines the professional and practical tips that he has used on major shoots with the approaches that he employs to help numerous beginners reach for the stars with their own successful projects.

 
For more information, call (203) 287-9286 or email BestFest Student Films at bestfeststudentfilms@bestvideo.com. BestFest Student Films can also be contacted through Twitter at @BestFestFilms. Information is also available at
www.bestvideo.com/student-film-festival/.

New Haven Independent reports on BestFest Student Films workshop “The Nuts & Bolts of How to Make a Movie”

Reporter Tom Breen of the New Haven Independent attended last Tuesday’s free workshop on filmmaking and wrote up a great report for the online journalism site, “Local Filmmakers Prepare Students For Fall Film Festival”:

Now that Best Video has successfully transitioned into its status as a non-profit, the Hamden-based video rental store/cafe/performance venue is looking to bolster its value as a practical and educational resource for young filmmakers in the community. The first major initiative that they’re taking to help realize that mission is through the BestFest Student Film Festival, which will offer a venue for high school students from New Haven, East Haven, West Haven, Hamden, North Haven, Woodbridge, and Orange to submit and present their work.

Tuesday night’s session, which ran from 7 to just after 9 p.m., was the first step in preparing student filmmakers for that festival, bringing together a handful of experts to share tips, best practices, and a wealth of personal and professional anecdotes.

Thanks to Tom Breen for covering this inaugural event for BestFest Student Films. And thanks to our presenters filmmaker Gorman Bechard, Jay Miles (East Haven High School), Robb Blocker (Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School), Rebecca Abbott (documentarian and professor at Quinnipiac University) and Caden Rodems-Boyd (student filmmaker, Educational Center for the Arts).

Presenters Robb Blocker (Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School) and Caden Rodems-Boyd (a student filmmaker in the visual arts program at Educational Center for the Arts). Tom Breen Photo

Presenters Robb Blocker (Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School) and Caden Rodems-Boyd (a student filmmaker in the visual arts program at Educational Center for the Arts). Tom Breen Photo

Read the complete article here.

Music: Becky Abbott brings her jazz quartet to BVFCC Fri., Apr. 22

Rebecca_Abbott_BV_Hipsta_120414_WebRebecca Abbott brings her jazz group to Best Video Performance Space on Friday, Apr. 22. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Rebecca Abbott has been playing tenor saxophone in the New Haven area since the 1990s.  She is also a faculty member in Quinnipiac University’s Film, Video & Interactive Media program, and an independent filmmaker whose works include “Unsung Heroes: The Music of Jazz in New Haven.”

Dr. Gary Grippo is a podiatrist by day (Center Podiatry) and a jazz musician at heart – and the rest of the time.  In addition to being a regular on the New Haven jazz scene for close to twenty years, Dr. G also hosts a jazz brunch at Kelly’s Restaurant, a jazz jam session at Café 9, and is the Tuesday morning DJ on WNHU Radio’s Jazz program, 6 – 8 am.

Dave Daddario is an acclaimed acoustic and electric bass player, drummer, multi-instrumentalist, music educator and public school band director. Dave has experience playing a wide variety of musical styles and has performed engagements with many local artists, famous musicians and entertainers.

For over 30 years, Barry Ries has been playing jazz trumpet and percussion with the very best names in jazz, including Lionel Hampton, Joe Lovano, John Pizzarelli, Gerry Mulligan, and many others. We’re very excited to have him join us on December 4th at Best Video.

The Rebecca Abbott Quartet plays classic modern jazz.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Thursday, Apr. 14. INDIE ROCK: SPIT-TAKE, BOX FAN

• Friday, Apr. 15. ROCK: ROPE, HARRY TOKARZ

• Tues., Apr. 19. FILM SCREENING: “BULWORTH”

• Wednesday, Apr. 20. JAZZ: BADSLAX

• Thursday, Apr. 21. INDIE FOLK: THE MID SEASON, XAVIER SERRANO

• Friday, Apr. 22. JAZZ: REBECCA ABBOTT, GARY GRIPPO & FRIENDS

• Monday, Apr. 25. FILM SCREENING: “A FACE IN THE CROWD”

• Thursday, Apr. 28. TIN PAN ALLEY: ZAHTIE’S BATHTUB GIN

• Friday, Apr. 29. EXPERIMENTAL: FUCHSPRELLEN

• Saturday, Apr. 30. FILM SCREENING/WINE & CHEESE TASTING: VINO/NOIR

• Monday, May 2. FILM SCREENING: “THE CANDIDATE”

• Thursday, May 5. BLUEGRASS: THE WALKINGWOOD MANDOLIN QUARTET

• Friday, May 6. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Saturday, May 7. SOFT ACOUSTIC/ROCK: THE HERNANDEZ BROTHERS

• Monday, May 9. FILM SCREENING: “FRUITVALE STATION”

• Wednesday, May 11. ROCK: THE NEW CHASTITY

• Friday, May 13. THREE SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND: ANNE MARIE MENTA, DICK NEAL, GLEN ROETHEL

• Monday, May 16. FILM SCREENING: “SARAH’S KEY” (in partnership with the Jewish Community Center of New Haven)

• Thursday, May 19. EXPERIMENTAL: RIVENER, BLACK FLUFF

• Friday, May 20. JAZZ VOCALS & GUITAR: LINDA SATIN & JOE CARTER

• Thursday, May 26. EXPERIMENTAL: ELECTRONHIC

• Friday, May 27. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE BIRDMEN

• Friday, June 3. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SHAWN TAYLOR

• Thursday, June 9. CABARET/SINATRA: RICH MORAN & FRANZ DOUSKEY

• Thursday, June 16. CHRISTOPHER ARNOTT & LYS GUILLORN CELEBRATE BLOOMSDAY

• Friday, July 1. POST-PUNK: TELEGRAM SCAM

• Friday, Aug. 5. INDIE ROCK: THE LYS GUILLORN BAND

• Tuesday, Aug. 30. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS

• Saturday, Oct. 8. THE NEW ENGLAND UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL

 

Music: Jazz with Rebecca Abbott on Thurs., Dec. 4, at 8 PM

Rebecca_Abbott_Gary_Grippo_BV_071912Rebecca Abbott brings her jazz group to Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, Dec. 4. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Rebecca Abbott has been playing tenor saxophone in the New Haven area since the 1990s.  She is also a faculty member in Quinnipiac University’s Film, Video & Interactive Media program, and an independent filmmaker whose works include “Unsung Heroes: The Music of Jazz in New Haven.”

Dr. Gary Grippo is a podiatrist by day (Center Podiatry) and a jazz musician at heart – and the rest of the time.  In addition to being a regular on the New Haven jazz scene for close to twenty years, Dr. G also hosts a jazz brunch at Kelly’s Restaurant, a jazz jam session at Café 9, and is the Tuesday morning DJ on WNHU Radio’s Jazz program, 6 – 8 am.

Dave Daddario is an acclaimed acoustic and electric bass player, drummer, multi-instrumentalist, music educator and public school band director. Dave has experience playing a wide variety of musical styles and has performed engagements with many local artists, famous musicians and entertainers.

For over 30 years, Barry Ries has been playing jazz trumpet and percussion with the very best names in jazz, including Lionel Hampton, Joe Lovano, John Pizzarelli, Gerry Mulligan, and many others. We’re very excited to have him join us on December 4th at Best Video.

The Rebecca Abbott Quartet plays classic modern jazz.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Friday, Nov. 21. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: BECKY KESSLER (Violent Mae), SAM PERDUTA (Elison Jackson)

• Monday, Nov. 24. FILM SCREENING: “BABETTE’S FEAST”

• Friday, Nov. 28. PSYCHO-FOLK: MILKSOP: UNSUNG

• Monday, Dec. 1. FILM SCREENING: “DOUBT”

• Thursday, Dec. 4. JAZZ: REBECCA ABBOTT

• Friday, Dec. 5. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE LONESOME SPARROWS

• Monday, Dec. 8. FILM SCREENING: “THE END OF THE AFFAIR”

• Thursday, Dec. 11. BLUEGRASS: FIVE IN THE CHAMBER

• Monday, Dec. 15. FILM SCREENING: “VISION”

• Thursday, Dec. 18. POST-PUNK: ZOO FRONT, KEVIN MF KING

• Friday, Dec. 19. ALT-COUNTRY: HEATHER FAY

• Friday, Jan. 9. MUSIC FROM “TWIN PEAKS”: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS

• Wednesday, Jan. 14. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & FRIENDS